The topic of this blog post from The Fayetteville Dentist is malocclusion, which literally means “bad bite.” Many cases of malocclusion can be corrected with clear braces.
Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics, coined the term malocclusion. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole, but in most cases the misalignment is so slight that it causes no issues.
When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.
There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can affect the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.
Children with a normal bite can develop bite problems with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.
The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Orthodontics can move teeth into alignment to repair bite issues. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be repaired with crowns or dental bonding.
If the jawbone is significantly misshapen or misaligned, maxillofacial surgery may be needed. Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking with significant risks and a long, painful recovery. While the jaw heals, it is secured with wires and screws. Ouch!
The Fayetteville Dentist in Fayetteville NC is able to correct many cases of malocclusion with clear braces from Invisalign. We also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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